Jim Mitchell

by Jim Mitchell

Principal, Executive Vice President, Director - Civic/Community Studio

Remembering a Passionate Architect, Leader, and Coworker

  • SEPTEMBER 04, 2015
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Mike KarpinskiToday marks five years since the passing of Mike Karpinski, who after a long battle, succumbed to cancer in 2010. Throughout his last years, Mike maintained his sense of humor and positive attitude. Having the pleasure of working with Mike, we fondly remember his passion for architecture, his quick wit and humor, and his high level of professionalism that he demonstrated in his work.

Mike was an associate of our firm and was passionately focused in working on school projects. Oakmont Elementary School for Columbus City Schools (below) was one of his later projects that he completed with us. The success of the design of this project is a testimony to his knowledge and attention to detail.

I find it quite fitting that one of the projects of which he was instrumental in bringing into our office, an expansion to the St. Vincent Family Center in Columbus, has just recently been completed with classes opening this past week. I am sure Mike would have been pleased to have seen the realization of the school's growth and enlarged facilities, as he was involved in its early planning stages.

Mike was a very dedicated family man and spoke proudly of his wife and two sons. Today, we remember Mike as a passionate architect, leader, and coworker.

Oakmont Elementary School Oakmont Elementary School

Mike Karpinski and I at the dedication of Oakmont Elementary School in December 2008 Mike and I at the dedication of Oakmont Elementary School in December 2008

St. Vincent Family Center - M+A Architects St. Vincent Family Center

Jim Mitchell

by Jim Mitchell

Principal, Executive Vice President, Director - Civic/Community Studio

Jim has been with M+A since 1981 and currently serves as the executive vice president of the company. Jim's favorite place to eat is Polaris Grille, and his favorite movie is Animal House.